Hajj with niece
Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,
As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)
One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:
I am a 55 year old lady. I am
intending to perform the Hajj thos year (2004). I have a Son who is married and
has two children. He says he is unable to accompany me for the Hajj
piligrimage. However my niece (Sister`s Daughter) and her husband are going for
the Hajj this year. My question is wether my niece`s husband is a Mahram and
wether i can perform the Hajj with them. I have a very close relationship with
my niece and her husband whom i regard as a son.
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Hajj with niece
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Allah Subhanah has made it obligatory duty of every believer who is an adult, sane, and has the necessary means of might and means to travel to the Sacred Mosque, to perform the Hajj pilgrimage at least once in his/her lifetime.
There are several exceptions to the above obligatory duty, and one amongst them is that if a woman cannot find a mehram to accompany her to the pilgrimage, Hajj would not be obligatory upon her.
Your Question: My question is wether my niece`s husband is a Mahram and wether i can perform the Hajj with them.
A neices husband cannot be considered a mehram in Shariah; but considering your age and in the absence of arranging a male mehram to accompany you to the pilgrimage, in the opinion of most scholars it would be acceptable and legal for you to accompany your niece and her husband to the Hajj pilgrimage.
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Your Brother in Islam,